Introducing J.T. Dossett, author of Secrets of the Black Tupelo

“In this part of my life I have discovered that I am wired for telling my stories and the stories of others. Thank you for helping me achieve these efforts. “

J.T. (Jim Dossett) has experienced life from many angles and he has tapped his observations and imagination to create seven fictional novels over the past nine years. He lives in East Tennessee with his wife, Brenda.

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Welcome to Jim Crow’s stomping grounds. Mona Mason Jackson was born into a life of cradle-to-grave poverty, in a dirt-poor shack. Times were tough all over during that period. But life on the Yazoo Delta during the Great Depression exacted prodigious hardships from the desperately poor victims of Jim Crow. At the death of her worthless father, Mona, thirteen years old, is left to raise her two younger sisters. Labeled “white trash,” she is scorned by neighbors with the exception of a black woman and her family. Surrounded by a sea of hate and ignorance, Mona manages to keep a tight grasp on her innate goodness and adopts an abandoned black baby. Her act of kindness is spurned by the overwhelming racist populace and she discovers that her life, the lives of her family, and anyone associated with them are in grave danger. Long term victims of abject racism, black neighbors, and an officer of the law from the Mississippi Band of Choctaws, empathize deeply with her plight, along with artist, Yael Hollander who hails from New York. Yael is persecuted for being a Jew, as her ancestors have suffered for eons. She chronicles this story with a paintbrush and a pen.

Introducing Christopher B. Soltis, author of Return to Spirit

“I couldn’t have asked for a smoother process in publishing my first book. Thanks!”

Born and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, Chris has always followed his heart in performing, writing and recording music on his own and with his band enjoy! He has an unmatched zest for life and infinitely curious about the universe. He is a Certified Financial Planner registrant, certified to teach Vinyasa yoga, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist. Chris’ passions include traveling, paddleboarding, golf, skiing, biking, New York Yankees baseball, the beach and spending time with family and friends as well as making new ones. He is eternally devoted to the discipline and philosophy of yoga. Chris believes in every person’s unlimited potential and views humanity as an evolutionary and creative process in which we are all active participants and equally connected to something much bigger.

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Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. We are all born with different circumstances and opportunities and learn from our mistakes and experiences. The knowledge and wisdom gained are invaluable and make us stronger in mind, body and Spirit. Chris details navigating obstacles of alcohol and drug abuse, severe depression, heart break and loss from a long term relationship, being near bankruptcy and just about wanting to “throw in the towel” altogether. The only way out is through. This book gives his personal account of spontaneous Kundalini awakening, which is the physiological mechanism of union of mind, body and Spirit. Through a disciplined approach to wellness, yoga and self-inquiry on such topics relating to Spirit, yoga, culture, society, history, philosophy, psychology, relationships, religion, freedom, genetics, evolution, mathematics, numerology, science, energy, astrology, love, paradise, eternity, consciousness and the universe; Chris established the connection with the subtle body through his energy centers (chakras). His story is there to assist any reader in making the same connection and progressing on the path of spiritual growth and development.

Introducing Diane Dettmann, author of Madison: Cricket of the Valley

“My Author Representative is awesome. I have been fortunate to have her support and expertise that helped me get my recent book, Madison, published as well as several other books that I had published through Outskirts Press. She is an excellent representative.”

Diane Dettmann is the author of the award-winning WWII trilogy Courageous Footsteps. She is also the author of Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal and coauthor of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants. She has also written articles for the national Women’s Voices for Change organization in New York City. Learn more at http://www.outskirtspress.com/madison

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A FASCINATING AND ENTERTAINING STORY OF NATURE VERSUS HUMANS. Madison loves spending his evenings roaming the bluff with his camel cricket friends. However, everything changes when Stanley and Edith Grubner move into the house above the crickets’ cave. Madison Cricket of the Valley engages and entertains readers with its themes of acceptance, tolerance and nature versus humans. “A delightful story that will take you back in time and may just have you cheering for the cricket family!” —Colleen Baldrica, author of TREE SPIRITED WOMAN. “I remember first hearing the story of Madison when Diane read parts in my second-grade classroom where I was a student. Stories like this, along with Diane’s wellspring of imagination, have inspired me and countless other former students in our own creative pursuits. I feel deeply satisfied and proud to see Madison’s story join the excellent repertoire of Diane’s creative work.” —John Fournelle, former second grader, class of 1994-1995. “This charming tale takes place in the laid-back time frame of the nineteen sixties and shows how happy little brown crickets learn to live successful lives in the home of two unknowing but accommodating humans. Told in a delightful way, readers cheer for the crickets amid many attempts to destroy them. Good lesson in live and let live.” —Gloria VanDemmeltraadt, author of the Deep Lake Mysteries

Introducing Linzie Melgreen, author of Even Beavers Can Be Heroes

“The first time through the process was quite educational. My Author Representative was a big help.”

Linzie Claire Melgreen is an Arizona State University MS grad, a career social worker, and a blogger. Her blog Zsmisadventures.com publishes a short story every Sunday, showcasing the importance of family, friends, and humor in coping with the whimsical adventures of everyday life. Linzie has had a lifelong interest in storytelling, inspired partly by her great aunt, young-adult fiction writer Ann Rinaldi. Even Beavers Can Be Heroes had its start as a story that eight-year-old Linzie wrote to read to her plush animal “students” when playing “teacher.” When she grew up and began working with neglected and abused children and their foster families, she adapted the story to share a message of camaraderie, love, and the benefits of learning from a foster family. Linzie saw that the children who enter foster care, and even those who find forever homes, usually have little more than a paper bag full of their belongings. With these children in mind, Linzie has decided that for every book sold, one will be donated to a child entering foster care, to give them something that is unequivocally theirs and to encourage their growth within the foster family system.

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When a Busy Beaver . . . Isn’t! Eager Beaver is the best builder in his forest community. His friends and family rely on his talent and skill. But one day, Eager doesn’t want to get out of bed . . . and he says he doesn’t know how to build! But there’s an urgent need for a dam on the river, so his wife, Julia Beaver, turns to the community for help. Every animal has a part to play in solving the mystery of why the busiest beaver in the forest suddenly can’t build, as they support the Beaver family. A heartwarming tale of a chosen family, community support, and the unique value of each individual. Even Beavers Can Be Heroes will become a favorite on your bookshelf.

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Why Did I Do Tricks for Luis?

“My Author Representative has been so helpful for all my books. Outskirts Press is great.”

 

Simón es adorable. No pude resistirlo. Cuando me pidió que escribiera un libro con sus trampas, le prometí hacerlo. Aquí se puede ver el resultado: las fotos y las palabras de Simón. Simon is adorable. I could not resist him. When he begged me to write a book showing his tricks, I promised to do it. Here you can see the result: the photos and words of Simon. Carol Creager

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Yo soy un mono araña y vivo en Costa Rica.,Cuando vi a Luis Barrantes, que saca fotos para la conocida Carol Creager, yo hice mis trampas para ganar su atención. ¿Qué mejor manera de ganarla? A Luis le gustó tanto que sacó fotos, aunque de veras él prefiere sacar fotos de pájaros. Lo seguí.De esta manera obtuve la atención de Carol para convencerle que me haga héroe de un libro.Así llegué a mi meta. I am a spider monkey and I live in Costa Rica. When I saw Luis Barrantes who takes fotos for the well-known Carol Creager, I performed my tricks to gain his attention. What better way to get his attention? Luis liked them so much that he took photos because he could not resist, even though he prefers taking photos of birds. I followed him. That way I got Carol’s attention to become the hero of a book. That is how I reached my goal. -Simon, the spider monkey

Introducing Michael Meadows, author of Interlude of the Dragons: The Gods of Olympus – Book II

“This was my second book with Outskirts Press and I was very happy about that. When my third book is ready, I will contact my Author Representative again. Communication was so good that I accused her of working 24/7. Her help with my cover was fantastic.”

Michael Meadows is a retired environmental engineer with forty years of experience with air and water pollution control, solid waste management, and hazardous waste site cleanup. He is currently living in Reno, NV with his wife, Cathy. This is the second book of his Gods of Olympus series.

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You’re an immortal. What role would you choose to play in ‘the reincarnation game’? The immortal crew of the unique spaceship, Olympus, is faced with two hundred and fifty years of travel before they reach their intended destination of the Oberlin star system. Rather than sleep the centuries away, they have decided to be reincarnated into a sword-and-sorcery world of their own creation: a world filed with adventures, dangers, and magical creatures. For the six duplicated, human personalities, this new world offers the opportunity to fulfill the dreams of their previous mortal lives and to explore the ‘paths not taken’. For the two sentient, AI personalities, it offers their first opportunity to truly experience what life has to offer. Whatever role they select—trader or magician, healer or warrior, teacher or craftsman—the Mother and the Fates gradually draw them back together over the course of their new lives in the Intermountain Valley.

Introducing Cynthia L. Clark, author of Max Goes to Town: Based on a True Story

“I just received the first copies of my children’s book. They are perfect and I’m thrilled. Thank you to Outskirts Press once again for an outstanding product.”

Cynthia L. Clark was born and raised in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder County, Colorado where she continues to live on Max’s farm. She is the author of two romance/suspense novels. Max Goes to Town is her first children’s book.

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Max, The Determined Family Cat Journeys To Town. Max Goes to Town is the delightful, sweet story of the scruffy, gray cat who amazes his family when he journeys to town. Charmingly written in verse, readers of all ages will delight in Max’s spirit and determination.

Introducing Jack Darrell Crowder, author of We Were Once Warriors: A Story of Courage, War, Love, and Commitment during the American Revolution

“It has been a pleasure to work with Outskirts Press and my Author Representative. She is fast, efficient, and professional.”

Jack Darrell Crowder is a retired teacher and administrator with 40 plus years in the classroom. He has a B.A. and Masters from Texas Christian University. Mr. Crowder gives lectures on the Revolutionary War at the university, schools, historical societies, and D.A.R. Chapters. He has the following books published: Underage Warriors, Chaplains of the Revolutionary War, African Americans and American Indians in the Revolutionary War, Women Patriots in the American Revolution, Strange, Amazing, and Funny Events that Happen during the Revolutionary War, The First 24 Hours of the American Revolution, Abby’s Secret (historical fiction), Massacres: The Dark Side of the American Revolution, Voices from Yorktown: Eyewitness Accounts of the Last Major Battle of the Revolution.

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When you make a promise, you must keep it and never give up. In 1778, Sergeant Matthew Scott was discharged from the Continental Army after three years of service. He had endured several battles, been wounded, and suffered at Valley Forge. Matthew is excited about returning home to Virginia to marry his sweetheart. Once he arrives at home, he soon faces events more horrible than what he encountered during the war. They will change his life and the lives of those around him. His commitment and bravery will once again be tested as he searches for meaning to his life.

Introducing Kathie Wennes Taitano, author of Duets with My Daughter: Lessons in Hope, Heartbreak and the Human Spirit

“Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of my book. You have made this process easy for me and I appreciate it.”

Kathie Wennes Taitano has been blessed to work in various settings as an RN, retiring after forty years of service. She has found a renewed love for Hawai’i after seeing it again through Rachael’s eyes, and lives with her family in Kailua.

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“I’m never giving up.” Rachael was a vibrant, joyful, compassionate young woman of twenty-three when diagnosed with the stage IV germ cell cancer that would ultimately take her life. From the moment she understood her diagnosis, then navigated through difficult treatment options and heartbreaking setbacks, her sense of hope, determination and courage never wavered. Rachael believed with all her heart that she would be a survivor. Her support network included beloved friends, family, co-workers and neighbors, who organized fund raisers, donated travel miles, and most importantly, provided an outpouring of boundless love, humor and encouragement. I once said to Rachael that I would have given anything to trade places with her, to be the one with cancer. Without hesitation, she calmly replied, “I wouldn’t have let you.” Because Rachael loved life and was deeply grateful for her time on the planet, we are reminded that in living our own best life, we honor hers. She would not have it any other way.

Introducing Darryl Prince, author of Lit: A Day of Terror on the Freeway

“I appreciate all the help provided by my Author Representative. This is my first book. Therefore, her patience and guidance through the publishing process was appreciated.”

Darryl Prince is a USAF veteran, a private pilot, an engineer, inventor, author, husband, brother, father of four, and grandfather.

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A “Captivating,” “Extraordinary” story of 2 close friends, Malik and TJ. Malik a highly decorated Army Sargent who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan war, and TJ, a street-smart civil rights lawyer. Their lives would change one faithful morning forever on the freeway.A life tragically cut short; one man will carry on the legacy of the other, fighting against a corrupt local transit authority, in-spite of the hatred and revitalized grudge of his former commanding officer and FBI Agent, Captain Nick Niles! An Iraqi Village was illegally` bomb on the orders of Captain Nick Niles murdering an innocent village woman Ani who met Malik, and they fell in love. Fire Chief Lumps served in combat during the Vietnam War, and later, he instructed Malik on demolition explosives in the Army. Paramedic Mike served in the Army with Malik in Iraq and became a Smoke Jumper. Their lives will again converge and in unimaginable ways. Follow this riveting tale of “passion,” “companionship,” “hate,” and “terror” as Malik and Mia, his new lady love, battle to save innocent lives, including their own during rush hour traffic on a jammed packed, gloomy and rainy freeway!